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Aboriginal scars from frontier wars, 18 March 2020

A long-running archaeology project, funded by the Australian Research Council, has been looking into what happened to Aboriginal men who were recruited to the Queensland Native Mounted Police, their involvement in 'the frontier wars' and the resultant trauma that impacted their lives. Read more about this story in EurekaAlert! [...]

2020-03-20T15:33:07+11:00March 20th, 2020|

Mount Dispersion recognised as a Declared Aboriginal Place

Mount Dispersion, site of a massacre of Aboriginal people in 1836, has been recognised as a Declared Aboriginal Place. The gazettal, on 24 April 2020, of the site gives it legal recognition and protection as a significant site under New South Wales law. On 27 May 2020, 184 years ago, [...]

2020-06-04T11:45:10+10:00June 4th, 2020|

Myall Creek Memorial Ceremony 2020 cancelled, goes virtual

Owing to the corona virus pandemic, the 20th anniversary Myall Creek Memorial ceremony has been cancelled. However the Friends of Myall Creek are planning a virtual Annual Gathering. Read more from the Friends below.   This year marks a significant milestone for the Myall Creek Memorial, being the 20th [...]

2020-05-15T18:06:06+10:00May 15th, 2020|

Endeavour Voyage: The Untold Stories of Cook and the First Australians

Although the National Museum of Australia is not open to the public due to the corona virus pandemic, anyone interested in the anniversary of the 250th voyage of HMS Endeavour and the untold stories from First Nations' perspectives can view the museum's exhibition about the voyage online. Watch Endeavour [...]

2020-05-15T17:33:21+10:00May 15th, 2020|

1770 and all that from Inside Story

Hamish McDonald reports for Inside Story today, 29 April 2020, on the anniversary festival at Cook's landing place that had to be abandoned because of the coronavirus pandemic. Read the article at: https://insidestory.org.au/1770-and-all-that/ Replica of HMS Endeavour This year, the 250th anniversary of Captain James Cook's voyage on HMS [...]

2020-04-29T17:07:18+10:00April 29th, 2020|

Aboriginal leaders contest Dharawal words spoken as Cook landed

Today, 29 April 2020, is 250 years since Captain James Cook and crew from HMS Endeavour landed at Kundal, known in English as Kurnell, on Botany Bay, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. But Aboriginal leaders are contesting what was said on Cook's landing at Kundal. According to the diary [...]

2020-04-29T16:17:56+10:00April 29th, 2020|

Cook did not ‘discover’ Australia

Ben Collins of ABC Kimberley, is one of the latest to debunk the myths about Cook in his story posted today (20 April 2020): 'What Australians often get wrong about our most (in)famous explorer, Captain Cook': https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-20/captain-cook-history-what-we-often-get-wrong/12042438 It's Time Australia woke up to the truth of its history. For too [...]

2020-04-22T17:37:12+10:00April 20th, 2020|

Endeavour voyage around Australia called off

This year, 2020, the 250th anniversary of Cook's voyage to Australia was to be commemorated at great expense–$A48.7 million was allocated for Cook commemoration ceremonies and a replica HMS Endeavour to sail around Australia. One positive outcome of the coronavirus pandemic is the cancellation of the proposed taxpayer-funded visit of the [...]

2020-04-20T10:41:40+10:00April 20th, 2020|

Coronavirus forces Appin Massacre Memorial service 2020 online

On 17 April 1816, at least 14 Dharawal men, women and children died in the Appin Massacre in the former colony of New South Wales. The killings, ordered by the then Governor of New South Wales, Lachlan Macquarie, were perpetrated by the military against Aboriginal people in reprisal for [...]

2020-04-20T09:27:41+10:00April 20th, 2020|